My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Joan Ryan) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Feedback from industry on the procurement strategy for the national identity scheme has reinforced the importance of avoiding a big-bang implementation and supports the incremental approach to the scheme. The Home Office report on the feedback will be published in August. Intellect, the trade association for the UK hi-tech industry, has also produced a report on the procurement strategy as part of its concept viability process. Copies of both reports will be placed in the Libraries of the House on publication. The documents will also be made available via the Identity and Passport Service website, www.ips.gov.uk.